Seghesio, a California, Sonoma County Zinfandel
By Tom Renkes
Photo by Molly Hauxwell Currier
An old favorite has returned to the Symons Wine Cellar, Seghesio Zinfandel.
What used to be the quintessential grape in California, before being replaced by cabernet sauvignon in 1998, zinfandel still produces dark, jammy, big-fruited wine with a hint of spice at the end.
The Seghesio family has been in California since 1895, and the reputation of “old vine zin” fits the true distinction, here. The raspberry nose is distinctive and is enhanced at the vineyard by the addition of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Barbera. An interesting piece of trivia? The zinfandel grape harkens back to Italy, according to recent DNA testing, and the Barbera grape is an important grape in the Old Country where zinfandel emanated from a “primitivo,” so say the experts.
The taste provides a full mouth feel of wonderful spice and licorice that when allowed to sit within the palate, offers a very smooth, warm finish. While many zins tend to be fruit forward, Seghesio is balanced. The spice at the end isn’t heavy and won’t scare away wine drinkers afraid of big heavy reds. This 2017 vintage has the honor of a 93 score from Wine Spectator, and at $21.95, a bargain that can be cellared for several years.
Loving the zin is easy. Finding a good one is not. Seghesio fills the void and provides an easy drinking wine for all seasons and especially for the upcoming barbecue sessions. Enjoy!
Written By By Tom Renkes